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Top 5 Family Friendly Ski Resorts in North America

While some people start their calendar year when the first ski resorts open to the public and count the days in inches of snowfall others of us are simply looking for a  fun, convenient and family-friendly place to play in the snow and enjoy some après ski. Here is our list of the best places to bring the family for an unforgettable winter trip.   5. Winter Park Resort, CO, is a local’s mountain and a ...

By |January 22nd, 2019|Family Travel, Featured, International, USA Travel|

Top 10 Historic Luxury Hotels in Europe

Are you a history buff looking to soak up the amazing culture and the centuries of stories and folklore that shaped European history? Here are our top 10 historic luxury hotels in Europe, where you can feel the tales come to life. Argos in Cappadocia Best For: History buffs and groups traveling together. The Argos hotel in Cappadocia is located on the hillside of Uçhisar Village directly above the magical landscape of Cappadocia. First discovered ...

Re-purposed Spaces Transformed Into Luxury Hotels

  DEC. 3, 2018 INSPIRATION Banish the big box hotel blues with a stay in one of these re-purposed spaces transformed into luxury hotels. Re-purposed and re-imagined, these amazing spaces each have a story to tell. Capo Spartivento, Sardinia The coast of Italy’s second-largest island is dotted with old Spanish towers built to defend against attacks. Nestled between them is Capo Spartivento’s Lighthouse which has been guiding sailors for 160 years. It has been lavishly transformed into a ...

The Surf and Turf of Belize

    With an expansive coastline along the Caribbean Sea and a vast inland area comprised of lush tropical rainforests and captivating structures left beyond by the ancient Mayans, Belize is an appealing destination for travelers looking to mix things up.   The Belize Barrier Reef, located just under 1000 feet from the north and 25 miles from the south, remains the country’s top tourist destination.  However, Belize is not just a place to scuba dive ...

By |December 20th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

THE AUTHENTIC SIDE OF PORTUGAL’S ALGARVE AND MAGICAL ALENTEJO

On our recent European adventure, we discovered the authentic side of Portugal's Algarve and magical Alentejo. When I started planning my trip to Portugal I received more mixed information and varying opinions than any trip in my recent memory. From some, I heard that Portugal was incredible, unspoiled and beautiful with all the best features of Europe without the massive crowds, tour groups or exorbitant prices. I listened to stories about the outstanding food with ...

By |December 18th, 2018|Family Travel, Featured, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

Is it possible to transit China without a visa – comprehensive information

Getting into China has become considerably easier and simpler now, thanks to the waiving off of innumerable restrictions by the country. There are people who need to transit China for visiting another country. The question which is raised is whether it is possible to transit China without a visa. Well, many people have Chinese visa and they don’t need to worry about the transit at all. The cost of China visa for US citizens is ...

Meet BTA Travel Advisor Nikki Olds and Why She Loves Travel

As long as I can remember, my parents gave my sisters and me the gift of travel.  We lived in five states during my childhood not to mention one state twice.  Being able to adapt to new environments and adventures is instilled in me.  Our many moves often kept us far away from family and friends and therefore we took many road trips as a family to visit our loved ones. My parents had limited ...

By |August 28th, 2018|Family Travel, Personal Stories, Transformative|

KANGAROO ISLAND & SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE

BY IGNACIO MAZA The next stop on my Down Under Expedition was Kangaroo Island, South Australia. This relatively small island, about 1,700 square Miles, is Australia’s answer to the Galápagos. If you are interested in wildlife and unspoiled landscapes, Kangaroo Island is a ‘must see’ . In recent years, KI (as Kangaroo Island is known locally) has also become a hub for fine dining, farm-to-table menus, and innovative cuisine using local ingredients. KI is a ...

Great Barrier Reef and Lizard Island

BY IGNACIO MAZA The Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s best-known natural landmark, is a series of superlatives. For starters, this is the largest expanse of coral reef in the world, over 1,200 miles long. Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (official name), there are over 900 islands and 3,000+ individual reefs. The abundance of marine life is mind boggling – 1,500 different species of fish, 400 kinds of coral, and so much more. The reef runs ...

Borgio Verezzi The Most Beautiful Town on the Riviera

Mention the Riviera and people immediately think France… From billionaires to celebrities the French Riviera has been infused with money, glamour, and status for decades. Lining the coastlines from Nice to Cannes mega yachts fill the harbors and expensive boutiques adorn the streets. But while the beauty of France is undeniable, there is a little well-kept secret that locals don’t want you to know… when the sun-seeking summer tourist pour into France the French hop ...

By |August 5th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

To be IN the World and OF the World

By Sabrina Hicks There is a scene in Sabrina, the 1954 movie in which I am named after, when Audrey Hepburn says,“Paris is always a good idea.” Paris changes Sabrina Fairchild, pushing her comfort zone, challenging her identity, allowing herself to redefine her world instead of stagnating in the one prescribed for her as a chauffeur’s daughter living above a garage on Long Island. She writes to her father from Paris, “I have learned how ...

One Week Paris Itinerary For Families

Paris is the City Of Lights, romance, food, culture, and history. It needs no introduction as its sights are known as some of the most iconic and beautiful throughout the world. Despite being the dream destination for millions of people each year, families coming to Paris are often overwhelmed and lost. Although spoiled for choice with sights, activities, museums, and day trip options, narrowing down an itinerary that will entertain the children while engaging the ...

Top 10 Reasons You Need to Visit Croatia!

Croatia is a land of juxtapositions. At once a glorious hot spot for jet set, yachting celebrities, island hopping and partying into the night at some of the hottest clubs in Europe and yet simultaneously a historical time capsule of unspoiled fishing villages, Roman ruins and spectacular national parks. Although the “secret” about Croatia has been out for some time with in-the known travelers many Westerners have yet to discover and explore the charms of ...

Iceland’s Reynisfjara Beach And Vatnajökull Glacier

Day four of our Iceland Adventure Nick had us up bright and early to grab breakfast and depart from the hotel by 8 am. Being an excellent guide, he had a perfect reason to get us on the road because our first stop was Reynisfjara Beach, which proved to be one of our favorite spots of the trip. This magnificent black sand beach, which we found is also the setting of "The Wall" in our ...

By |April 20th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

Mother and Daughter Take on the Big Apple!

A working mom and a busy teenage daughter always want more time than they have together.  So, leaving their daily routines for some time well spent exploring New York City could not have been a better way to experience, share and connect with each other!  This mother-daughter duo had an amazing, memorable experience in the Big Apple, staying three nights at the luxurious yet inviting Intercontinental New York Barclay.   The newly renovated property radiates from ...

By |April 8th, 2018|Family Travel, USA Travel|

10 Items Which Save Your Sanity When Flying With Children

As parents who have spent the past decade flying with children around the world we know that although they are sometimes excited, well behaved and self-sufficient they are also frequently tired, cranky and non-compliant. All parents who go on vacation with their children understand that the flights are by FAR the most difficult parts of the journey! Lets face it sitting in tiny, cramped quarters for hours while changing time zones, dealing with turbulence, being told ...

By |March 20th, 2018|Family Travel, Must-Have Travel Gear|

Iceland’s Golden Circle Main Sights and Hidden Gems

. The Golden Circle is the most iconic drive in Iceland and one of the best in the world. We experienced this adventure first hand and discovered much more than the guidebooks could have foretold. Because the country has not been overly developed (yet), no large condo buildings are looming in the background, skyscrapers illuminating the skies, or kitschy salesmen pitching timeshares. There are few distractions from the jarring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, and ...

By |March 18th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Transformative|

Escapades in Iceland

We began our adventure to the land of “Fire and Ice” with a flight on what I now consider to be the WORST airline I have ever flown. My friend Vanessa and I decided to go to Iceland on a whim. Although it has been on the list of places I have wanted to visit for quite some time and a priority destination to scoop out for our clients there were no definitive plans in ...

By |March 16th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Personal Stories, Transformative|

Iceland’s Breathtaking Views At Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach and Rangarping Eystra

Iceland Day 5  Up bright and early once again we set off for the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. I have seen Glacier lakes in the past in other parts of the world but their tranquil beauty catches my breath every time. The lake was quiet and serene as bird flew overhead and seals played in the water their mothers lazily sleeping on large floating pieces of ice. In summer Kayaking tours take tourists out ...

By |March 13th, 2018|Family Travel, International, Transformative|

Why Everyone Loves Skiing Utah – Especially Park City!!!

Park City received both national and international attention and acclaim when it became host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and ever since this once old mining town continues to be a draw for locals and visitors. Park City ski area offers easy access from Salt Lake City, friendly and upbeat charm and vast options for outdoor adventures. There are over 300 trails collectively at Park City’s three ski areas including Deer Valley, Park City Resort ...

By |March 4th, 2018|Family Travel, USA Travel|

European Family Adventures – Munich Part 1

Every year our family spends a month exploring Europe, seeking new experiences, off the beaten path sights, authentic cuisine and amazing locals. This series is about our family adventures in Germany, Austria and Greece. Munich airport (MUC) is an incredibly convenient hub from which to arrive or depart from Europe and offers a world class city to explore for a day or a week. As this was not our first trip to Germany we opted ...

By |February 17th, 2018|Family Travel, International|

Top 5 Incredible USA Family Trips For 2018

Many of us spend years comfortably living in our small towns or big cities, on the East Coast, the West Coast or anywhere in between and yet never explore our own backyards. We see photos of friends and their children happily playing on far off beaches, hiking in magnificent national parks or exploring our country’s heritage yet when it comes time to planning our own USA family trips we often overlook the true beauty of ...

By |February 16th, 2018|Family Travel, USA Travel|

Top 5 International Family Vacations – 2018

Tired of taking the same trips year after year and looking to expand your horizons? Instagram, travel magazines and social media posts have all of us lost in the wanderlust daydream. You see the photos of happy families galavanting through Africa and Asia, babies in tow, teenagers actually smiling into cameras, all of them seemingly carefree and for a brief moment you think “that could be us”… But then as you take a sip of ...

By |February 15th, 2018|Family Travel, International|
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